Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Gresham Ford leads the way in alternative fuel solutions for fleet managers

Increasing fuel prices are literally forcing truck fleet managers to seek alternative sources of fuel to power their vehicles.  Increasingly government sponsored incentives and growing infradstructure availability are giving municiplaities alternative fuel solutions.  Ford Motor Company's Fleet division has incredible timing.  Over the last several years, even in the middle of an economic downturn Ford has been investing literally billions in the development of a wide wareity of products to facilitate the anticipated huge deman for vehicles capable of operating on alternative fuel sources.  As a result of that foresight and strategy, Ford can now offer commercial truck customers one of the most comprehensive arrays of alternative fuel vehicles in the industry. 

Gresham Ford Fleet makes it easy to be environmentally responsible and still strives to cut your overall automotive expenses through a holistic approach to fleet management.  For more information contact Gresham Ford Fleet at 503-665-0101 or at GreshamFord@Gmail.com

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Gresham Ford Fleet is excited about the all New Escape with Eco-Boost Engine

Portland Oregon is one of the greenest cities in America and Portlanders have an eye for fuel economy and value.  Ford Motor Company has worked very have to keep their new utility lineup for the 2012 model year have the best fuel efficiency.  Consumer reports studies show that gas mileage is among the main and largest influencer driving consumers vehicle purchasing behavior.  Gresham Ford Fleet suggests that you rent before you buy especially if you are choosing a new model or make.  Renting the vehicle first allows you to take it grocery shopping, the kids to soccer practice and maybe even drive in the rain. 

The all new Ford Escape will have three different 4 cylinder engine options.  This engine will continue to set the Utility line up of 2012 New Ford SUV's apart from the competition.  The all new CMAX Hybrid will feature an impressive MPG that is more than 25% improvement on the already impressive Ford Escape Hybrid.  Ford has continued to provide additional choices for those Northwest consumers that demand fuel economy and environmental conscience. 

“Customers are prioritizing fuel economy above every other trait when they make most vehicle purchases,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “Ford is meeting people’s needs by offering a family of fuel-efficient vehicles – from hybrids to electrics to traditional gasoline-powered cars – packed with class-leading technology, giving customers both exciting and greener driving choices.”

“Expanding the availability of EcoBoost technology in the all-new Ford Escape will give customers a great range of choices for the fuel efficiency and performance they want in a small SUV,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president, Powertrain Engineering. “This advanced technology in the new Escape delivers on our commitment to provide class-leading fuel efficiency in every new Ford product.”


Ford Motor Company currently holds more than 125 patents on EcoBoost technology, a global approach to provide affordable fuel efficiency for millions of drivers that will extend to 90 percent of Ford vehicles by 2013. Again Ford Motor Company is at the forefront of technology making the earth a better place to live. 




 







Monday, October 10, 2011

The New Police Interceptors are Pursuit Rated with All Wheel Drive and Now Available at Gresham Ford Fleet


The 2013 Ford Police Interceptor Utility and Sedan provide better performance and handling than previous Crown Victoria Police Interceptors.  The fuel economy of the new Ford cop car is also 20% better than the Crown Victoria.  The New Ford First Responder vehicles are the only all-wheel-drive vehicles specially built for law enforcement.  The stringent law enforcement standards were followed thanks to a diverse board of first responders that collaborated with Ford engineers to ensure that the new 2013 Ford Police Interceptor Utility and Sedan are truly purpose built vehicles.  Now police departments and other law enforcement agencies can get an all-new, American-made vehicle with the expected durability and price of the popular Crown VictoriaGresham Ford Fleet is proud of the new Ford Police Interceptor that expands Oregon Law Enforcement and First Responders abilities to get the job done more efficiently and effectively. 

Oregon and Washington Law Enforcement officials have the unique characteristic of rain to contend.  The all wheel drive availability is more important for the NW first responders to ensure that they arrive on scene safe.  Gresham Ford Fleet is now accepting offers utilizing the State of Oregon Contract #0434 for all Ford Vehicles.  For pricing contact the Municipal Fleet Manager, Annette Wetzel-Ramirez by phone at 503.489.1605 or fax at 503.665.0497.  The 2013 Ford Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility in late September passed the stringent Michigan State Police tests and have proven they are ready for law enforcement use.  The performance of the Police Interceptor Utility, which not only outperformed the Chevrolet Tahoe but held its own amongst the sedan vehicles.  THe Ford police Interceptor Utility excelled in a 0 to 60 MPH acceleration, braking, and handling over the two day testing.  "We are pleased that the performance of the Police Intercetor Utility was validated becuase it provides more choice for law enforcement agencies, " said Lisa Teed, Ford's marketing manager for the Police Interceptors.  "They can be assured that whether in slippery conditions like snow or in pursuit situations the purpose-built Utility will deliver." 
The New Police Interceptor Passes the Michigan State Test Drives

Gresham Ford Fleet has been serving police departments across Oregon and Washington for decades.  They work closely with equipment installation companies like Emergency Responder Services and Auto Additions.  If you need the vehicle delivered directly to the upfitter, no problem, Gresham FOrd Fleet's goal is to earn your business and provide fantastic customer service that makes your life easier.  Gresham FOrd Fleet holds many contracts with cooperative purchasing language that may fulfill your needs, contact them at 503.489.1605 for more information.  Customer and Vendor references are also avaiable upon request.  Officer protection is the first priority.  The Ford Police Interceptors are the only vehicles certified to pass 75mph rear collisions.  Ballistic door panels to protect from gunshots are avialable on the driver and passenger doors.  Safety cell construction helps direct the force of a collision around the occupant compartment.  Crumple zones help absorb and dissipate the energy of a crash too. 
Gresham Ford Fleet Works With Ford Credit

Friday, October 7, 2011

Ford Municipal Finace partners with Gresham Ford

Gresham Ford Fleet, Oregon's Preferred Ford Dealership
Gresham Ford Fleet is proud to announce a renewed partnership with the Municipal Financing arm of Ford Commercial CreditGresham Ford Fleet holds contract #0434 for ALL Ford Vehicles for the State of Oregon.  "We do our best to provide the widest range of financing solutions possible for our customers" explained General Manager, Bess Wills.   "We are a team ready to move fast to solve your vehicle needs," continues Tabitha Crawford, Municipal Business Development Manager.  Ford Municipal Finance helps to maximize the tight annual budgets that so many cities counties and other municipalities.  The Municipal Financing staff both at Gresham Ford Fleet and Ford Credit Municipal understand the unique requirements of state and local government financing.  Contacting an experienced professional to help you make the most of your annual budget is easy just call 1-800-241-4199 or visit the websites for Ford Municipal Credit or Gresham Ford Fleet Government Services. 

Gresham Ford makes funding convenient for government entities.  Many public agencies are discovering that Municipal Lease and Municipal Purchase Financing is today's answer to acquiring essential equipment within limited budget confines.  Working with municipalities for many years has provided both Gresham Ford Fleet and Ford Municipal Financing the knowledge and expertise to make the acquisition of public vehicles a simple and accommodating process. 
2013 Police Interceptor Utility Orders Now Being Accepted at Gresham Ford Fleet

Ford Municipal Financing is just one of many options for government agencies but Gresham Ford Fleet it is one of the best because of how Ford works for the agencies.  Fixed-rate financing helps you get the vehicles you need, when you need them, while sticking to your current budget.  Flexible repayment terms including monthly, quarterly, semiannually  and annual are available, just ask.  Ford municipal Finance also provides financing for add-on equipment, up fits and extended warranty contracts.  Equity is accumulated with each payment, and ownership is realized with a final payment of just $1.  Providing options like these help avoid high costs of maintaining older equipment.  This low-cost, tax exempt interest rates and no down payment or security deposits are ever required.  There are also no mileage restrictions or maintenance or return provisions. 
Ford Work Van Available at Gresham Ford Fleet
Ford offers a wide variety of vehicles that bring innovation and capability to any work force.  The new Police Interceptor Sedan and Police Interceptor Utility vehicles are just two examples of new exciting technology that is helping to keep our police safer with faster response times.  Gresham Ford Fleet is exciting to be providing pursuit rated police interceptors with hands free sync technology, re mappable steering wheel controls, blind spot indicator and well as V8 power with V6 gas mileage.  Some municipal agencies made the decision to add the Dodge Charger to their fleet with the heavily advertised Hemi engine.  However many fleet managers experienced a rude jolt when the maintenance cost of a Charger materialized.  Gresham Ford Fleet offers a holistic approach that includes consideration to aspects of fleet management like maintenanceFord offers a wide variety of vehicles that bring innovation and capability to any work force like first responders.  Here is a list of vehicles that are eligible for Municipal Lease and Purchase Financing: police and administrative vehicles, light/medium/heavy duty trucks, school buses/ambulances/fire trucks, street sweepers and garbage trucks, and up fits to any of the above vehicles. 

If you are a state of local government agency in Oregon or Washington state you are eligible to purchase from the Oregon Department of Administrative Services Contract #0434 for ALL Ford Vehicles.  If you are Oregon and or Washington counties or road departments you are also eligible to take advantage of the State of Oregon Procurement program.  Ford Municipal Credit can be contacted via mail at P.O. Box 1739 in Dearborn Michigan 48121-9911, Tabitha Crawford can be contacted directly at 1-800-241-4199 option 1 or by e-mail at tcrawf22@ford.comGresham Ford Fleet can be visited at 1940 E Powell Blvd. in Gresham Oregon 97080 or 24 hours a day at www.GreshamFord.com.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Diesel Senior Master Certified Ford Technicians call Gresham Ford Home

Gresham Ford has been serving the Northwest since 1942 and is a diesel specialist.  There are many compelling reasons to visit Gresham Ford Fleet.  Gresham Ford is a proud Business Preferred Network Dealership because that certification provides tools and support that keep you in the shop less and on the road more.  This elite program allows our commercial and municipal customers to truly receive complete transportation solutions from a holistic point of view.  Gresham Ford Fleet is a Oregon Ford Dealership that understand that commercial customer consider their vehicles more than transportation; they are critical tools entrepreneurs and drivers depend on to deliver the goods and services needed to be successful.  Ford Business Preferred Network Dealerships recognize and pledge to serve Ford and its commercial customers with highly qualified sales professionals, competitive programs and a strong support network. 

Because Gresham Ford Fleet is a dedicated Business Preferred Network Dealer in Oregon they are also eligible for specialized training on all the new Ford technology and well as specialized tools to better compare vehicles and financial strategies.  Gresham Ford also has a strong relationship with Ford Credit Commercial Lending Services.  The commercial credit arm of Ford Credit is one of the largest lenders of commercial credit in the world and work hard to help get you the equipment you need to be a successful business. 
In an effort to increase parts efficiency and to keep customers on the road where they belong Gresham Ford Fleet has committed to the National Ford Fleet Parts Pricing Program (NFPP).  The NFPP offers Ford Fleet Dealers to be included in major account selector listings.  Gresham Ford has more daily deliveries and drivers than other dealerships. The Business Preferred status is not just a letterhead it is a commitment to keep commercial customers on the road where they can be successful and profitable. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Ford C-Max looks good to Oregon Ford Dealer

Ford Motor Company has provided a Fuel Efficiency Boost to the automotive market.  The all-New Ford Escape Boasts New EcoBoost Engines with increased gas mileage and technology.  The C-MAX Hybrid Mileage is at least 25 Percent Better the the Ford Escape Hybrid, the first SUV Hybrid to the American automotive market.  Fuel economy leadership remains the bull’s-eye for Ford’s new utility lineup for 2012, addressing the top influencer driving consumers’ vehicle purchase decisions.  Portland is a notoriously green city with many of its residents calculating their carbon footprint and taking their impact on the environment seriously.  Three four-cylinder engines in the all-new Ford Escape will deliver improved mileage versus outgoing models; 1.6-liter EcoBoost® engine debuting in the U.S. in new Ford Escape is expected to deliver better fuel economy than competitors’ larger four-cylinder engines.  THe all new design for the Ford Escape also aims to impress with its luxury look and feel.  The all-new Ford C-MAX Hybrid features more than a 25 percent improvement in fuel economy versus today’s Ford Escape Hybrid.  The Ford Escape Hybrid gets better gas mileage in the city that on the highway, which is why so many Portlanders chose Ford.  The regenerative braking technology was fantastic technology when it was revealed and the new CMax technology will prove to be just as impressive.  Steve Renner, Commercial Fleet Director, believes that "The new Ford C-Max has unlimited commercial potential for small business owners.  This vehicle would be a great taxi, delivery, or general commuter vehicle." 

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 4, 2011 – Ford continues to deliver more choices for customers craving top fuel economy, offering its largest-ever EcoBoost® engine lineup in the all-new Ford Escape debuting next month and an all-new C-MAX Hybrid that’s 25 percent more fuel efficient than even today’s Escape Hybrid.

“Customers are prioritizing fuel economy above every other trait when they make most vehicle purchases,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “Ford is meeting people’s needs by offering a family of fuel-efficient vehicles – from hybrids to electrics to traditional gasoline-powered cars – packed with class-leading technology, giving customers both exciting and greener driving choices.”

The all-new Ford Escape, slated for reveal next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show, features a powertrain lineup with three fuel-efficient four-cylinder options, including the new 1.6- and 2.0-liter EcoBoost engines and a 2.5-liter Ti-VCT four-cylinder. The Escape will be Ford’s first SUV to be available with two fuel-efficient EcoBoost engines, delivering class-leading fuel economy and performance.

“Expanding the availability of EcoBoost technology in the all-new Ford Escape will give customers a great range of choices for the fuel efficiency and performance they want in a small SUV,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president, Powertrain Engineering. “This advanced technology in the new Escape delivers on our commitment to provide class-leading fuel efficiency in every new Ford product.”

Ford’s 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine, which uses turbocharging, twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) and direct injection to deliver the performance feel of a larger engine, makes its North American debut in the new Escape. It is expected to deliver even higher highway fuel economy than the current Escape Hybrid, which is EPA-rated at 31 mpg. The new 1.6-liter engine also is expected to deliver better fuel economy than competitors’ larger four-cylinder engines.

Since launch, sales of the 1.6-liter EcoBoost in Europe in Focus and C-MAX are exceeding expectations by 40 percent. The engine’s broad, flat torque curve has been praised for its diesel-like performance.

Escape’s new 2.0-liter EcoBoost will have better fuel economy than competitors’ V6 engines while delivering unsurpassed performance compared to those larger six-cylinder powertrains.

Ford holds more than 125 patents on EcoBoost technology, a global approach to provide affordable fuel efficiency for millions of drivers that will extend to 90 percent of Ford vehicles by 2013. EcoBoost increases fuel economy up to 20 percent while reducing CO2 emissions by up to 15 percent.

With the addition of EcoBoost engines to the Escape, Ford will offer more advanced technology engines in its utility vehicle lineup than any other full-line manufacturer.

Next-generation hybrids for next-generation fuel efficiency
Next year, Ford also will grow its electrified vehicle production capacity when it launches the C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in vehicles. Both five-passenger hybrids will provide another fuel-efficient option for customers.

The next generation of the Escape Hybrid’s award-winning powertrain moves to the five-passenger C-MAX Hybrid and features the first hybrid transmission and lithium-ion battery system Ford is building in-house.

Ford’s new hybrid powertrain will be available exclusively in C-MAX, and it will deliver
a more than 25 percent improvement in fuel economy versus the outgoing Escape Hybrid while still offering hybrid customers the five-passenger capability they expect.

The Ford C-MAX Energi targets more than 500 miles of driving range using the battery and engine, more than any other plug-in or extended-range vehicle. It also targets AT-PZEV status and delivers better charge-sustaining fuel economy than the Chevrolet Volt.

“The C-MAX family of electrified vehicles will provide versatile, practical options for customers who need utility while reducing carbon output and significantly lowering fuel costs,” Kuzak said. “No other company is providing this type of choice in a hybrid or plug-in hybrid.”

Ford developed the new generation of hybrid electric vehicles using its extensive experience with first-generation hybrids including the Ford Escape Hybrid, the world’s first SUV hybrid. This led to offering the two C-MAX multi-activity hybrid vehicles that feature superior fuel economy on long road trips and in stop-and-go city traffic.

“Using our platform approach to hybridization, developing two choices for customers in the heart of the market with the dedicated, front-wheel-drive Ford C-MAX was our strategy to extend the benefits of hybrid technology to even more customers,” Kuzak said.

Power of choiceFord is delivering electrified vehicles that are attainable, meeting real people’s needs in the center of the market where it counts the most.

Ford launched the Transit Connect Electric small commercial van in 2010 and will launch the all-new Focus Electric later this year. In 2012, these models will be joined in North America by the new C-MAX Hybrid, a next-generation lithium-ion battery hybrid and the new C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid.

Ford has 13 vehicles with best-in-class fuel economy. In the most recent J.D. Power survey, Ford leads in fuel economy in more segments than any other major automaker, answering the demand of consumers for more fuel efficiency in their vehicles.

Ford Electric Vehicle Technology
Today, fuel economy is 2.5 times more important to American customers than environmental concerns when it comes to buying a vehicle.  Portland and Gresham are no different, more and more people are considering electric vehicles and brainstorming ways to reduce their carbon footprint.  Gresham Ford has chosen to make a commitment to being Green thru the City of Gresham's GREAT Business Program. 

Ford Motor Company has four cars that achieve an EPA-rated 40 mpg or higher, including Fiesta, Focus, Fusion Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. Thirteen Ford vehicles achieve an EPA-rated 30 mpg or higher.  All of these models are available at the best possible prices at Gresham Ford.  All Oregon Ford Dealerships pay the same for their vehicles so take advantage of our low overhead and visit www.GreshamFord.com to have a no obligation quote to demonstrate your options. 

Ford’s recent lineup of smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles has gained significant market share in key regions of the country. Vehicles such as the all-new Ford Focus and Fiesta both achieve 40 mpg or higher, boasting better fuel economy than even some hybrids.  For more information contact Gresham Ford at 503.665.0101

Monday, October 3, 2011

The all new Ford Police Interceptors are Validated as Pursuit Rated in Tests


The all new Ford Police Interceptors deliver more performance, handling, and fuel economy.  The State of Oregon has chosen to offer both the Ford Sedan Police Interceptor and the Utility Police Interceptor on contract #0434 from Gresham Ford, the NW Preferred Ford Fleet Dealership.  Ford has now produced the only all wheel drive vehicles specifically built for law enforcement, the Police Interceptors meet stringent law enforcement standards.  Especially in the NW weather police officers appreciate the handling and responsive qualities of the Ford Police Interceptors.  For your own personal test drive contact Gresham Ford Fleet and they will bring one to you.  Taking advantage of a Ford Fleet Ride & Drive is a great opportunity for your entire team to see the vehicles up close and personal with a knowledgeable product professional.  Now many Oregon police departments and other law enforcement agencies can get an all new American made vehicle with the expected durability and price of the popular Crown Victoria.  The Ford Police Interceptor Utility expands the ability of law enforcement to get the job done efficiently and effectively. 

The 2013 Ford Police Interceptor sedan and utility passed stringent Michigan State Police tests and have proven they are ready for law enforcement use earlier this month.  Of special note was the performance of the Police Interceptor Utility, which not only outperformed the Chevrolet Tahoe but held its own compared to the sedans as well.  Gresham Ford Fleet is now accepting orders for the Ford Police Interceptor Sedan as well as the Ford Police Interceptor Utility.  If you are an Oregon or Washington municipality you may be eligible to purchase these vehicles at a substantially reduced price from the State of Oregon Contract #0434 for All Ford Vehicles.